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Smoking Rate Falls Dramatically Among Minnesotans
Date:9/9/2008

annually in Minnesota. We have to keep up our efforts if we want to improve health, save lives and control health care costs."

Full report and briefing sheets are available at http://www.mnadulttobaccosurvey.org.

* MATS 2007 does not reflect the effects of Minnesota's statewide smoke-free law that went into effect in October 2007. MATS data collection was completed prior to the law taking effect. The report does describe the effects of local policies, and potentially forecasts the larger effects of a statewide policy.

ClearWay Minnesota(SM) is an independent, non-profit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, through QUITPLAN(R) Services and through statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement.

For more information on QUITPLAN Services, call 952-767-1400 or visit http://www.clearwaymn.org.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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